London 9:15am. Trine is setting up her office from a shopping trolley onto the pavement, rug and bird in a cage included. The set up here is that Trine just knows stuff, as her card on the front cover says,
“Trine Hampstead Street Detective: All Mysteries Solved (already).”Apparently, she even knows enough to tell the Police where to find their evidence. The world and his wife come to see Trine. Then there’s a real turn up for the books, a woman scientist wants to know the location of a Woolly Mammouth.
I really liked the way that the artwork and the writing of Mystery Girl showcased the diversity of London. Trine is smart without being a smartarse. Her encounters are naturally worded and believable. Her relationships with her ‘boss’ and her ‘boyfriend’ work well in this set up, and as absurd as the payout in this issue first appears, there’s a mass of possibility that is very promising for things to come.
The artistic style of the piece really works with the style of the writing. But there are issues. There’s an attractive red head exotic dancer in part of this comic, but in one panel, she’s so badly drawn she looks like a bloke who can’t do drag, very unattractive. Then there are the times when the anatomy just doesn’t look human. Well, broken human maybe. Sometimes these are minor, the eye just catches and then you move on, but there were two places where woman were bending over that just looked like the artist has never seen a woman move before.
I always like to try new comics, because you never know when one will really jump out as an I’ve-got-to-be-on-board-with-this-one-from-the-start. I did enjoy Mystery Girl, but I’m not going add it onto my regular order. The writings good, but that artwork rather put me off. I can see why people will like this and I hope it finds a good audience, it’s just not for me. Well worth a good three out of five though.
Gail Williams lives in her own private dungeon populated with all the weird and the wonderful she can imagine. Some of it’s very weird, and the odd bits and pieces are a bit wonderful. Well okay, she lives in Swansea with her husband and daughter. And the world’s most demanding cat. To find out more about Gail, check out www.gailbwilliams.co.uk - Dare you!